Longridge kids are simply invincible

Just champion...that's Longridge Under-11s
Just champion...that's Longridge Under-11s
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Longridge Cricket Club Under-11s were crowned the champions of Lancashire as once again the ‘Invincibles’ finished their season unbeaten, winning 27 out of 27 games.

And they claimed three titles along the way.

The squad of Will Vause, Dan Wilson, Harvey Vause, Zachary Procter, Archie Smith, Jake Durnell, Tom Douglas, Josh Blackhurst, Reece Rhodes, Lewis Garstang, Jonathan Colyer, Sam Wignall and Henry Procter have etched themselves not only onto every cup and trophy they have competed for, but into the record books as the first Longridge CC side to win a county-level competition.

As Palace Shield champions in 2013 they qualified for the Lancashire Cricket Board Knockout this summer and back in the Spring as the season began they embarked upon two league campaigns.

By mid-July, two comprehensive performances at Stanley Park on Finals Day saw the Under-11s claim the Palace Shield title with an unblemished record.

Not satisfied with a single title, they then turned their attention to the Lancashire League and once again made winning a habit to claim the league title having won all of their games.

Longridge then began their county cup campaign with a victory at Burscough in the last 16.

A home quarter-final against Milnrow CC was the reward.

Milnrow had beaten a very strong Clitheroe side in the previous round and were also unbeaten.

But Longridge duly despatched their opponents, again in emphatic style, with a margin of over 130 runs, ensuring qualification for County Finals Day.

The big day arrived and saw Longridge drawn against Uppermill CC in the semi-finals.

Longridge managed to rack up a challenging total of 269, with Uppermill falling 40 runs short.

Newton-le-Willows were their final opponents.

Having won the toss and electing to bat first, after a slow start, Longridge again produced a steady performance finishing with a competitive total of 249.

Then the high standard of Longridge’s bowling performanceensured victory by a margin of 45 runs.